In February 2017, two Asian women killers hired by the North Korean Intelligence smeared VX Agent on Kim Jong Un's half-brother and he died from painful asphyxiation.
Two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were charged with murder Wednesday. Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong both said they were not guilty in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, who died suddenly February 13 in Malaysia. Police said they killed Kim by smearing VX, a deadly nerve agent, on his face while he was waiting to catch a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
If found guilty, they will face the death penalty, according to charge sheets read in court Wednesday. The women have not entered formal pleas, which will take place when the case reaches the High Court.
Wearing a red T-shirt and appearing to be on the verge of tears, Aisyah, an Indonesian citizen, was led to the dock in handcuffs.
"I do not admit this," she said when an interpreter asked her whether she understood the charges, before repeating, "I am not guilty of this."
Huong, a Vietnamese who was photographed after the crime wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the letters "LOL," also said she was "not guilty" of murder.
According to authorities from their home countries, both women have maintained they thought they were participating in a TV prank show.
The charge sheet also mentioned "four others at large" who took part in the crime. Malaysian officials have previously named four North Koreans as suspects, with another three wanted for questioning.